Carnival for the Dead

  • by David Hewson
  • Narrated by Juanita McMahon
  • 16 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

It's February, and Carnival time in Venice. Bright blue skies and freezing temperatures welcome forensic pathologist Teresa Lupo to the city. Teresa has taken time out from her job to find her beloved bohemian aunt Sofia who has mysteriously disappeared. There seem to be no clues as to her whereabouts, but a visit to Sofia's very strange apartment in the Dorsoduro confirms Teresa’s suspicions that all is not well....

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Disappointed

It annoyed me and dissatisfied me, throughout. The tortuous plot was much too long and often repetitive. The prose was turgid in places. There were some clever clues, but these were unnecessarily laboured.
I felt that the characterisation of Theresa Lupo was very much at odds with the previous books in the Costa series. I very much preferred the earlier, more self-assured, incarnation.
It certainly didn't help that the narrator knew no Italian. Her pronunciation was cringe-making, and sometimes downright misleading. Bring back Saul Reichlin!
What a disappointment! I wonder if Hewson, whose Costa series I have relished, was working to a publisher’s deadline and felt obliged to get something out, however inferior it might be?
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- David

A bit different

This is a bit of a departure for David Hewson. Teresa Lupo is on her own in Venice looking for her unconventional missing aunt and has to follow a trail of mystical tails to get to the bottom of why and where she is hiding. It has mystery rather than murder at its centre and the other characters, including Nic Costa, are notable by their absence, apart from the odd related memory or thought. Venice is perfect as a background to this tale, but some of the supernatural aspects might not appeal to all readers.
I miss the usual narrator (Saul Reichlin) whose voice I love and found that Juanita McMahon didn't always get the phrasing right. It also annoys me that directors/editors can't get an Italian expert in to advice on and correct the pronunciation of place names and other Italian words. If you happen to have a smattering of Italian, it takes a while to understand what she is saying as the stress and articulation is wrong - especially the totally misplaced lisping 's' - which is Spanish, I believe.
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- MRS

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-01-2012
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks